Versa-Style Dance Company is a dance ensemble that blends styles to create work that represents the diversity of Los Angeles. Founded in 2005 by co-founders and directors Jackie Lopez and Leigh Foaad, the company is a non-profit organization. Versa-Style produces their own concerts and travel to compete in traditional hip hop battle events. The company also offers ongoing low cost community classes that are accessible to students of all socioeconomic levels.
We create highly energetic work that fuses dances that are culturally significant to our community. These forms include Hip-Hop styles such as 90s Hip-Hop, House, Popping, Locking, Whacking and Boogaloo, and Afro- Latin styles such as Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia and Afro-Cuban to name a few. As a reaction to the widespread media misrepresentation of these dance forms, Versa-Style specifically aims to perform for the youth of Los Angeles to instill the roots, history, and social and political issues surrounding the art of our generation.
Hip-Hop breaks color lines by creating a forum where people come together for a common passion rather than grouping themselves by race or socio-economic backgrounds. Versa-Style demonstrates freedom of expression, freedom of individuality, hard work, self-discipline and dedication to the form.
Brighter Days (2013)
Artistic Directors: Jackie Lopez and Leigh Foaad
Location: Los Angeles
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